North­ern Bay land due for clean­ing

Lo­cals call site of North­ern Bay fire an ‘eye­sore’


A num­ber of North­ern Bay res­i­dents want the prop­erty across from the com­mu­nity’s park cleaned up. A for­mer night­club oc­cu­pied that land be­fore the build­ing burned down in 2013. Peo­ple are now leav­ing garbage there, and res­i­dents are be­com­ing impatient with the prop­erty’s owner.

Lo­cals from Trinity Con­cep­tion, vis­i­tors from other parts of the prov­ince and tourists from all over the world have stepped foot on the sandy beaches of North­ern Bay Sands Park.

But one lo­cal woman is ac­tively seek­ing gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion to a prob­lem she be­lieves af­fects the way tourists see this heav­ily vis­ited area.

Stella John­son is the driv­ing force be­hind a pe­ti­tion to have a site cleaned up that is lo­cated di­rectly across the street from the en­trance to North­ern Bay Sands, about half an hour north of Car­bon­ear. The rem­nants of the for­mer Bide a While night­club, which burned down in 2013, still sit on the lot. There are charred wooden posts, ox­i­dized metal and wooden planks all over.

John­son has been fight­ing for a clean up since the build­ing, which was not be­ing used at the time, burned down. And she wants to see it done be­fore the beach sea­son be­gins be­cause it is an “eye­sore.”

“It’s pretty bad when a com­mu­nity has to set up a pe­ti­tion to get the gov­ern­ment to even come to look at it,” she ex­plained.

Neal O’Leary, the owner of the park, told The Compass he re­quested to pur­chase the lot from the owner Brian Mul­laly a few years ago, but he was turned down. A re­quest for an in­ter­view with Mul­laly, who is living out of the coun­try, was not re­turned. But a state­ment from Ser­vice NL con­firmed he has been no­ti­fied the site must be cleaned up.

“The owner has stated to the depart­ment that the site will be cleared in the near fu­ture,” the state­ment said.

En­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers have been on site to in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue over the past few weeks. Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Steve Crocker pre­sented the pe­ti­tion in the House on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions since last month.

“North­ern Bay Sands is prob­a­bly one of the largest tourism at­trac­tions in the dis­trict of Trinity-Bay de Verde with tens of thou­sands of vis­i­tors ev­ery sum­mer,” Crocker said in his pre­sen­ta­tion to the House.

He con­tin­ued not­ing he had been in the com­mu­nity for a clean up project and took the time to visit the site while there.

“It’s even got to a sit­u­a­tion, Mr. Speaker, where what is start­ing to hap­pen now is peo­ple are us­ing it for a waste dis­posal site,” he said.

John­son wasn’t im­pressed with the re­cent garbage drops on the lot ei­ther.

“I’m living next to a dump,” she stated.

The Compass vis­ited the re­mains of the night­club last Wed­nes­day. It was over­run with flies, an old bike had been thrown in the bushes in front of the lot, a win­dow was sit­ting in the grass and there were still nails pok­ing up through some of the wooden boards that re­main.

John­son just wants the area to be pre­sentable to vis­i­tors, and hopes it will be cleaned up soon.


Stella John­son holds up a rusted tool box that was dis­posed of on the site of the for­mer Bide a Way night­club in North­ern Bay. De­bris that lies on a prop­erty across from North­ern Bay Sands is the sub­ject of a pe­ti­tion that was pre­sented to gov­ern­ment to help clean up the mess.

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